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American Art Deco Bronze Book Stand or Music Stand
Provenance: Detroit Masonic Temple
Circa 1920's, American

 

Original solid cast Bronze candlestick from the Detroit Masonic Temple.
Great detail and designs are imbedded into the base and candlestick collar. Fluted post.
This was later added to with a hand crafted wood bookstand that inserts into the top of the candlestick.
The wood book holder simply lifts out if you wish to use it as a floor candlestick again.
Of course this also makes a great stand for sheet music too.

Dimensions: 49 1/4" high with wood bookstand, 10" diameter base.
Candlestick alone is 41 3/4" high.

Condition: In excellent condition, recently polished.

Item # AGAA55: Price: $ 3,800.

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History of the Masonic Temple:
Dedicated November 25, 1926, this 1037 room, 14 story building was unique among Masonic buildings because all of the various Masonic bodies were housed in the same structure. As of 2006, it became a York Rite Masonic Temple. We currently are the home to 11 Masonic lodges, 2 Royal Arch Chapters, a Council of Royal and Select Masons and Detroit Commandery No. 1 Knights Templar. The Detroit Masonic Temple also houses the national offices of the Sovereign York Rite College of North America.

There are some twelve million cubic feet of space, making it the largest and most complex building of its kind in the world.

The first shovel of dirt was turned on Thanksgiving Day, 1920, and the Corner Stone was placed on September 18, 1922. George Washington's own working tools were brought from Virginia to be used for the ceremony. The Temple was formally dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1926. Thousands gathered for the formal ceremony and consecration by the Grand Lodge of Michigan. There are seven Craft Lodge Rooms - all having different decorative treatments, the motifs of decoration being taken from the Egyptian, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Italian Renaissance, Byzantine, Gothic and Romanesque. The rooms are all true to the period. All of the art work throughout the building, especially the beautifully decorated ceilings was done under the personal direction of famous Italian artists. There is also a Royal Arch room, and a Commandery Asylum.

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